Janice Marie Anderson, 85, of Omaha, NE, and formerly of Shenandoah, IA, entered into peace on Friday, February 25, 2022, at the Josie Harper Hospice House in Omaha. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 2:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah with Pastor Kelly W. Peavy officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation and viewing at the church prior to the service from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Tuesday. Burial will take place in Rose Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jan's name are being directed to the American Red Cross or to the Shenandoah Medical Center (SMC).
Janice Marie (Ackerberg) Anderson was born May 26, 1936, at the farm home of David Enoch and Laura Irene (Johnson) Ackerberg. Janice entered eternal rest on February 25, 2022, at Josie Harper Hospice House in Omaha at the age of 85 years, 8 months, 30 days.
Janice grew up on the family farm near Essex, Iowa. Throughout her youth Janice and her family were active members of the Essex Covenant Church. She attended Pierce Center Country School not far from her home, graduating 8th Grade in 1950. Janice went on to attend Shenandoah High School and graduated with the Class of 1954. She was active in concert and marching band playing the French horn under the direction of Dr. Creighton.
After graduation, she attended one year of college at Tarkio College and moved on to Nebraska Methodist School of Nursing where her career passion would be fulfilled. She later graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree.
On October 6, 1957, after Edward served nearly two years in the United States Army, they were united in marriage at the First Covenant Church in Essex, Iowa. They made their home in Omaha while Janice completed nursing school and Ed worked for Safeway Stores. Following graduation from nursing college, she worked in the critical care unit at Nebraska Methodist Hospital.
While in Omaha, they were blessed with three children, Richard, Susan, and Robert. In 1963, Ed was transferred, and the family moved to Shenandoah.
Janice became employed with Hand Hospital in Shenandoah on a part time basis while the children were raised. Blessings were added to the family in 1973 when son David Emil was born. The family were active members of the United Methodist Church in Shenandoah.
Janice continued to work as a nurse in Clarinda and then returned to the Shenandoah Hospital as a surgical nurse.
Preceding her in death were her husband of 55 years, Edward; granddaughter, Andrea Needham; parents, David and Laura Ackerberg; and sisters, Gladys Howard and Verona Yates. Janice is survived by her four children, Richard and wife Jennifer Anderson, Geneva, IL, Susan and husband Daniel Needham, Omaha, NE, Robert and wife Shani Anderson, Cheyenne, WY, and David and wife Deanna Anderson, Waukee, IA; nine grandchildren, Laura, Anna, Claire, Emma, Sam, Kelsey, Kalie, Duncan, and Brantly; six great grandchildren, Lennox, Zoe, Jameson, Jordyn, Jack, and Norman; brother, Leland Ackerberg and wife Kathy, Essex, IA; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives; and a host of friends.
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